Carol Chernega

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202 Truxall Road Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15613

Carol Chernega shares her two passions: Pruning and England. Your group will learn how to prune shrubs, or how to avoid the 7 mistakes home gardeners make. Carol can take them on a tour of English gardens, or teach them how to create one.

w: One Garden at a Time web site

w: Carol's book web site

e: view email ccwriter7@comcast.net


Carol Chernega worked in Jane Austen's garden in Chawton, England.  This experience gave her insight into the mind of the English gardener, and spurred an interest in English garden history.  She has traveled throughout England over 20 times since 1997, including organizing group tours to the Chelsea Flower Show. These experiences led to the development of her lectures on English garden design, and the Literary Gardens of England.

Carol's the author of the tips booklet, How to Create an English Garden, and the book, A Dream House: Exploring the Literary Homes of England.  Both are available on Amazon.  Carol has also written for National Wildlife Magazine and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Carol's garden maintenance business, One Garden at a Time, specializes in hand-pruning.  Her mission is to teach homeowners the benefits of proper pruning techniques as opposed to the wholesale shearing of shrubs.  She's the producer of a DVD, Pruning Shrubs with Your Personal Gardener, which teaches homeowners basic pruning techniques, also available on Amazon.

The 7 Mistakes Home Gardeners Make lecture was developed after working for homeowners for several years and observing the same mistakes being made over and over.  The difficulty was in confining it to only seven!


How to Prune Shrubs (lecture or workshop format)

The 7 Mistakes Home Gardeners Make - and their solutions.

The Literary Gardens of England

How to Create an English Garden


Pittsburgh, PA

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Seven Mistakes - Practical Solutions!

Sue Casker from PA - 05/14/2018 18:46:40

Carol recently spoke at the Zelienople Historical Society Garden Talk. We're hearing very positive feedback from our 90 plus attendees. Carol explained common mistakes gardeners make that span many topics....pruning, garden design, container planting, growing healthy plants, etc. She speaks clearly, often involving the audience, so people take a lot of practical ideas with them to use in their own gardens. Highly recommended!

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Karen Fullerman from Twinsburg - 03/08/2017 16:38:57

Carol was invited to speak at our Saturday Gardening Series and she was very entertaining. She was very professional but funny and had some great stories from her time in England. The audience loved her!! We had great comments on both of her talks - English Gardens & Pruning. Very pleased all the way around.
Karen Fullerman
Summit County Ohio Master Gardeners

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A Wonderful Choice!

Cheryl Martin from Zelienople, PA - 04/10/2015 15:05:30

We invited Carol to speak about pruning at our recent Spring Symposium fundraiser and she did a wonderful job! She was engaging and interesting and I loved hearing her personal stories. We presented her with a shaggy shrub and she very efficiently demonstrated how to properly prune it -- beautiful when she finished with it. Carol was a wonderful choice for our event and I would not hesitate to invite her back. Thanks Carol!

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